2013-14 General Catalog

Elena Baskin Visual Arts Studios
Room E-104
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Faculty | Course Descriptions

Program Description

The Art Department offers an integrated program of study in theory and practice exploring the power of visual communication for personal expression and public interaction. The department provides students with the means to pursue this exploration through courses that provide the practical skills for art production in a variety of media within the contexts of critical thinking and broad-based social perspectives.

The art program at UCSC is composed of courses in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, print media, intermedia, critical theory, electronic art, public art, and interactive technologies. Baskin visual arts studios provide world-class facilities for art production in these areas. The Art Department is committed to pursuing a continuing dialogue about what constitutes basic preparation in the arts while offering students experience in established practices, new genres, and new technologies.

Students graduating with a major in art may become professional artists or pursue careers in such diverse areas as arts management, museum and gallery practices, communication technologies, public school teaching, media arts, and publishing. Many students who want to teach at the college level continue their education in graduate school.

Declaration of the Art Major—Frosh

Students may apply for admission to the art major after completing both Art 10A and Art 10B. While completing this lower-division coursework, it is critical that each student meet with a faculty adviser regarding the student’s potential to proceed to the major level.

Declaration of the Art Major—Junior Transfer Students

Junior transfer students are accepted into the art major for fall quarter after passing a portfolio review in early April. Their acceptance is contingent upon their acceptance to UCSC. Acceptance to UCSC does not guarantee admittance to the art program, nor does passing the portfolio review guarantee that UCSC will accept the student to the university. Transfer students must identify themselves as potential art majors when applying to the university in order to receive information on the portfolio review deadlines and the materials required for the review. All junior transfers will be required to take Art 194, Forms and Ideas in their junior year at UCSC in lieu of the first-year foundation program requirements. Junior transfer students must pass the portfolio review and be admitted to UCSC to become art majors. If a student is admitted to UCSC and does not pass the Art Department portfolio review, it is imperative that this student pursue another major upon admittance. Students will be notified of the results of the review before they need to submit their Statement of Intent to Register for UCSC.

Requirements of the Art Major

The minimum requirements for  art majors who were admitted to UCSC in their frosh year are completion of eight lower-division and eight upper-division courses and satisfaction of the senior comprehensive requirement. Junior transfer students complete five lower-division and eight upper-division courses and their senior comprehensive requirement.  A maximum of three courses total from outside the Art Department (including UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) courses) may be substituted for regular art courses with the approval of a major adviser. In these courses, students must have received a grade of B or higher. Students should plan carefully when using this option.

Students plan their course of study in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Lower-Division Requirements

Students complete eight courses as follows:

The Foundation (15 credits required)

  • 10A, Foundation I: Create/Interpret

  • 10B, Foundation II: Think/Invent  

  • and one course from the Art 80 series.

Introduction to Contemporary Art Practice: Concepts and Practices (15 credits required)

 Student complete three courses from the following:

  • 20A, Concepts and Practice in Drawing

  • 20B, Concepts and Practice in Digital/New Media

  • 20C, Concepts and Practice in Photography

  • 20D, Concepts and Practice in Sculpture/Public Art

  • 20E, Concepts and Practice in Painting

  • 20F, Concepts and Practice in Print Media

Note: Students may use Advanced Placement Courses (AP) in drawing with a score of 4, 5, or 6 in lieu of Art 20A: Concepts and Practice in Drawing.

Critical Theory and Historical Context (10 credits required)

Students complete two courses from History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC): one in Western art and culture and one in non-Western art and culture.

Note: Students may use Advanced Placement (AP) in Art History in lieu of the Western-emphasis history of art and visual culture requirement.

Upper-Division Requirements

Students complete eight courses as follows:

Studio Work (30 credits required)

  • Six upper-division (100+ numbered) studio courses;

Senior Capstone / Comprehensive Requirement (10 credits required)

  • 190A, Writing for Artists (meets the Disciplinary Communication requirement for the Art B.A.)

  • 190B, Senior Project

*A total of 80 credits are required for the Art B.A.; students are advised to plan in advance if they are interested in the program. Some requisite courses may be offered during Summer Session.

The last three quarters of coursework for the major must be completed in residence at UCSC.

Art Major Planner (Incoming Frosh)

The following is a recommended academic plan for students to complete during their first two years as preparation for the art major.

Year Fall Winter Spring
1st (frsh) ART 80 Series† ART 10A ART 10B
2nd (soph) ART 20 Series ART 20 Series ART 20 Series

†ART 80 courses may be taken in Fall, Winter, or Spring

*Courses from history of art and visual culture (one with a Western emphasis, one with a non-Western emphasis)

Lower-Division Requirements (Junior Transfers)

  • Three lower-division studios (equivalent to those found in the above list) should be taken at the community college, college, or university in preparation for the mandatory portfolio review prior to acceptance to the art major. Please remember that three studios is a minimum requirement and may not be enough studio work undertaken to pass the highly competitive nature of the portfolio review.

  • Two courses from history of art and visual culture may be taken at the community college, college, or university, if available, or at UCSC (one with a Western emphasis, one with a non-Western emphasis).

Upper-Division Requirements (Junior Transfers)

Students complete eight courses as follows (40 credits required):

  • Art 194, Forms and Ideas;

  • Five upper-division (100+ numbered) studio courses

  • 10 credits of senior capstone/comprehensive requirement;

    • Art 190A, Writing for Artists

    • Art 190B, Senior Project

The last three quarters of coursework for the major must be completed in residence at UCSC.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

  • Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in art is satisfied by completing Art 190A, Writing for Artists

Comprehensive Requirement

  • All art majors satisfy the capstone/comprehensive requirement with Art 190A, Writing for Artists and Art 190B, Senior Project

Study Abroad

The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers students the opportunity for study abroad. Art majors may participate in EAP in their junior year. Art students may not go abroad in their senior year because the last three quarters of coursework must be in residence at UCSC. When considering attending EAP, the student should be mindful that only three courses may be substituted in the art major and each must receive a grade of B or better.

Materials Fee

Art students should be aware of the materials fee required for some studio courses. The fee is billed to the student’s account for specific course materials purchased by the Art Department through the university. Fees generally range from $5 to $150 per course. Students may incur additional expense purchasing individual supplies.

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Revised: 09/01/13